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Ride Along remains on top in US as I, Frankenstein bombs

Ride Along

Story by Jack Foley

BUDDY cop drama Ride Along has remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend while big new release I, Frankenstein has bombed.

The Ice Cube-Kevin Hart mis-matched cop action comedy took $21.2 million in its sophomore run to comfortably hold off the challenge of Aaron Eckhart’s horror action vehicle.

In second place, meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg’s Lone Survivor held strong with $12.6 million to mark a double victory for distributor Universal Pictures.

I, Frankenstein, on the other hand, disappeared without trace, taking in just $8.3 million despite boasting a big budget and several star names.

The film, which re-imagines the classic literary character as an action hero and follows the same kind of lines as the Underworld franchise, also starred Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto and Jai Courtney.

Adapted from Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel, the film is set in a dystopian future where gargoyles and demons battle each other for ultimate power and Victor Frankenstein’s creation (Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle.

I Frankenstein didn’t even make the US top five. Rounding that out were animated family film The Nut Job, which placed third in its second weekend with an estimated $12.3 million for a US total of $40.3 million; Disney’s blockbuster Frozen, which placed fourth and earned another $20.2 million, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which fell 43% in its second weekend to land fifth with $8.8 million, putting the film’s US total at $30.2 million.

The fourth and fifth spots also told their own stories of contrasting fortune. Frozen has now crossed the $800 million mark globally, becoming the second most successful original animated film of all time after Finding Nemo.

While Jack Ryan‘s struggle to attract younger audiences has placed the possibility of further films in the franchise under doubt.

Elsewhere, David O Russell’s American Hustle was one of several Oscar nominees to receive a boost from its nominations, landing seventh with $7.1 million (for a US total to date of $127 million).

And Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street came joint eighth with August: Osage County. The former us due to cross the $100 million mark later this week.

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